November 3, 2016
Minneapolis, MN – Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement condemning hateful and anti-Islamic graffiti that was found at the University of Minnesota:
"The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas condemns the hateful and anti-Islamic graffiti directed at the University of Minnesota's Muslim Students Association. There is no place in our community for racist, xenophobic, anti-Islamic, and other bigoted ideas.
"Judaism teaches us that all are created in the Divine's image and with these beliefs we try to teach our children respect and dignity for all human beings. Although no crime is ever justified, attacks on individuals because of one's race, religion, sexual orientation, or simply intolerance of others are particularly heinous.
"Perpetrators of these types of incidents are intent on spreading a message of hate and challenging the openness and respectful atmosphere of our community. These acts seek to divide and isolate members of minority communities. Collectively, we must reject these chilling acts and the hate they represent.
"We applaud the administration at the University of Minnesota for its quick response and investigation into this incident."
As the public affairs voice of the Jewish community, the JCRC fights anti-Semitism and prejudice, advocates for Israel, provides Holocaust education, promotes tolerance and social justice, and builds bridges across the Jewish and broader communities.